Construction of parliament building in Zimbabwe hit by delays

Construction of parliament building in Zimbabwe hit by delays
Parliament building in Zimbabwe
Construction of parliament building in Zimbabwe hit by delays

Construction of a state-of-the-art parliament building in Zimbabwe has been hit by delays due to what official say is poor infrastructure like roads, sewer among other preliminary civil works.

The Construction of the Parliament building was one of the several mega contracts signed between Zimbabwe and China when President Mugabe paid on a State visit to China in August 2014.

His Chinese counterpart, Mr Xi Jinping, later followed up to seal the deals in December last year.

Mr Pan Yunhe , the Foreign Affairs Committee chairperson and national committee member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference said there were a number of issues concerning civil works that they were waiting to be completed by Zimbabwe in relation to the agreement before they could move in.

Mr Pan, who led a Chinese delegation, said this in a meeting with the Senate President Cde Edna Madzongwe and, members of the parliamentary portfolio committee on Foreign Affairs under the leadership of Makonde MP, Cde Kindness Paradza (Zanu-PF) at Parliament building in Harare yesterday.

Mr Huang Ping, the Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe, who was also in attendance, challenged the leadership of Parliament to consult with their counterparts in the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to ensure the hasty and timely implementation of the work.

Parliament clerk, Mr Kennedy Chokuda, said they were hoping to bring up the matter with Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere .

Cde Madzongwe told the Chinese delegation that they would work to solve the issues so that construction of the building can start as soon as possible.

The construction at the new parliament building will ease space limitations for legislators especially those in the National Assembly, whose number is way beyond its capacity, as a result of the increase in the number of legislators.

The current parliament has a capacity is about 150 against 270 legislators, while the new proposed parliament building will have a carrying capacity of 500 legislators.

At the meeting, Mr Pan explained how China had transformed herself into an economic powerhouse in the past three decades.

He said one of the key policies was for China to open up herself to the rest of the countries and increase her cooperation with all nations including Africa.

 

 

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